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The Birds hit the gym



mororkaswallows.co.za joined the Birds gym session on Tuesday morning to get an exclusive look into the team's preparations for the second half of the season.

Everyone was present and buzzing, except midfielder David Mathebula and leading scorer Katlego Mashego - who are both nursing injuries.

Mathebula is being troubled by his shin, while Mashego has a slight hamstring strain and has been rested as a precaution.

It was great to see striker Siyabonga Nomvethe back pushing for fitness with the rest of the squad, after a long injury layoff.

Meanwhile, two trialists in left-sided player Paulo Loureiro and centre-back Simphiwe Mkhonza joined the team for the session.

Head coach Zeca Marques explained that they would be playing a series of friendly matches in preparation for their league clash against Ajax Cape Town, set for the Cape Town Stadium on February 13.

The Birds will begin preparation with a friendly tournament set to take place at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday morning.

"It's us, Bidvest Wits, SuperSport United and Platinum Stars," he said. "It's just to get the guys back into the swing of things.

"It really is a friendly tournament, not to put pressure on anyone because it is still early days. It's still important to do well obviously because we are representing Swallows.

"Once we represent the badge, we've got to be at our peak, it's a responsibility."

He added: "Next week Thursday we play Maritzburg United and Friday, then we play Bloemfontein Celtic, both match are also just to build the team back up.

"Then on the fifth we play Inter Luanda from Angola and on the seventh or eighth we have another request from a team from Angola; we are just waiting for details to be confirmed there and that's it.

"Then in the last seven days we focus our preparation for the Ajax Cape Town match."

Swallows are set to visit Ajax at the Cape Town Stadium on February 13, to resume what should be an exciting finish to the 2012/13 campaign.

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